"Chod: A Healing Ritual"
by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin & Lama Konchog Norbu
presented by Urban Dharma NC
(presentation 4 of 4)
at Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival
December 8, 2012
Chod is a unique Tibetan Buddhist practice founded by Machik Lapdron in the 11th century based on Indian Buddhist philosophy of the Perfection of Wisdom coupled with indigenous Tibetan shamanic traditions. Literally meaning "cutting," Chod involves cutting one's ego-grasping and fixation and the offering one's entire being to pacify the suffering of all beings. Chod is also valued as a special system of spiritual healing. Chod practitioners often practice their haunting, melodic chants of cutting and offering (with bell, drum and thigh-bone trumpet) in abandoned sites, cemeteries and dangerous locales. Khenpo Tsultrim will give a brief introduction to this practice and Lama Norbu (visiting from San Diego and Ladakh) will perform a Chod healing ritual. Participants will be guided through this healing ceremony.